2011 Fantasy Football Preview and Auction Values: MJD and Jacksonville Jaguars
Tons of questions here.
A. Who is the starting quarterback?
B. Is Maurice Jones-Drew truly healthy?
C. Is Mike Thomas ready to make the jump to become a No. 1 receiver?
Tough to be too confident about any of those questions, but here's one guess...
A. David Garrard starts the season at quarterback but is replaced by rookie Blaine Gabbert before the halfway point.
B. Jones-Drew puts up his usual numbers when he plays, but either misses all or significant parts of at least two games.
C. No, partly due to the uncertainty at quarterback.
QUARTERBACK: David Garrard ($1): I'd stay away completely because he averaged less than 200 yards passing per game last year, although his 23 touchdowns were a nice bonus. It's possible he's not the starter to begin the season and likely he's on the bench by the end.
QUARTERBACK: Blaine Gabbert ($0): Even if he gets the job, he's a rookie in a run-dominated offense without any established stars at receiver, so pass on him.
RUNNING BACK: Maurice Jones-Drew ($47): Seems like his health is a question each year now but despite a knee injury that limited him to 14 games last season, he still had 1,600 yards combined rushing and receiving, although his seven total touchdowns were a disappointment. I think the yardage will be similar this year but he will find the end zone a few more times.
RUNNING BACK: Rashad Jennings ($2): A trendy handcuff pick considering Jones-Drew's injuries, but hard to imagine a tough back like Jones-Drew will miss enough games to make Jennings valuable.
WIDE RECEIVER: Mike Thomas ($7): He's the only Jaguar receiver you are drafting and that makes him valuable because the lack of talented receivers means whoever plays quarterback will look to him. Had 820 yards and four touchdowns last year, and those numbers should go up this season, but he could be a victim of playing with a bad quarterback.
TIGHT END: Marcedes Lewis ($7): He had a big year last year with 700 yards and 10 touchdowns and a fat new contract shows he is an important part of Jacksonville's plans. The lack of talent at wide receiver makes him more valuable than most other tight ends and both Garrard or Gabbert are likely to look to throw short passes to the tight end.
KICKER: Josh Scobee ($0): Not very accurate at less than 80 percent and not likely to get as many opportunities as you want in Jacksonville's offense, but he is a deep threat who kicked a 59-yarder last year.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS: ($0) Will be on the field a lot if Jacksonville's offense struggles, so look elsewhere.
Written by Steve Mims exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com
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